By Leo Tolstoy
Ranging in scope from long novellas to fables and folktales just a couple of pages lengthy, Leo Tolstoy’s brief fiction presents a wonderful chance to turn into heavily conversant in Russia’s nice novelist.
quantity 2 of the Collected Shorter Fiction reveals how Tolstoy’s growing to be non secular preoccupations flowered right into a sequence of outstanding past due masterpieces that equivalent whatever within the prior novels for depth and gear. Readers of The loss of life of Iván Ilých, The Kreutzer Sonata, Father Sergius, grasp and guy, and Hadji Murád will realize the intense novelist now transfigured by way of his passionate quest for salvation and forgiveness.
Aylmer and Louise Maude’s vintage translations are supplemented through new translations through Nigel J. Cooper of six tales, together with that experience by no means ahead of seemed in English.
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Elisha was about to turn away, when he thought he heard a groan the other side of the door. ‘Dear me, some misfortune must have happened to the people? ’ And Elisha entered the hut. IV ELISHA turned the ring; the door was not fastened. He opened it and went along up the narrow passage. The door into the dwelling-room was open. To the left was a brick oven; in front against the wall was an icon-stand and a table before it; by the table was a bench on which sat an old woman, bareheaded and wearing only a single garment.
Said he. ’ ‘I can scrape some together at home, and if that’s not enough, I’ll sell half a score of hives to my neighbour. ’ ‘Regret it! Not I, neighbour! I never regretted anything in my life, except my sins. ’ ‘But what if our souls are neglected? That’s worse. We took the vow, so let us go! ’ II ELISHA succeeded in persuading his comrade. In the morning, after thinking it well over, Efím came to Elisha. ‘You are right,’ said he, ‘let us go. Life and death are in God’s hands. ’ A week later the old men were ready to start.
He paused, then smiled, and said: ‘Mind, Iván! Don’t tell who started the fire! ’ And the old man took the candle in both hands and, folding them on his breast, sighed, stretched out, and died. Iván did not say anything against Gabriel, and no one knew what had caused the fire. And Iván’s anger against Gabriel passed away, and Gabriel wondered that Iván did not tell anybody. At first Gabriel felt afraid, but after a while he got used to it. The men left off quarrelling, and then their families left off also.